What pork producer couldn't use guidance when it comes to manure management in today's restrictive environment? With state and national guidelines (i.e.– Confined Animal Feeding Operation rules) manure storage, usage and recordkeeping protocols are as important to everyday management as checking feeders.

Purdue and Michigan State universities are providing some help through a new series of jopintly developed publications.

The 12 publications in the "Best Environmental Management Practices: Farm Animal Production" series address everything from nutrition management to keeping non-farm neighbors happy.

The publications are packaged together as Purdue Extension publication No. ID-312. You can get a single package of the 12 publications for free. Additional packages are available for $1 each. You also can access the materials on the Internet.

"The publications are designed to be quick reads. All of them are four-panel foldouts on legal size paper, printed front and back." says Don Jones, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service livestock housing and manure management specialist, who co-authored six of the series. Although small in size and brief in text, the publications don't scrimp on important details.

"One publication deals with identifying appropriate fields for applying manure. Another deals with useful odor-control practices. Others address disposal of medical wastes and handling animal mortality management. We also have one that covers feeding strategies that can lower nitrogen and phosphorus content in manure," he notes.

Individually, the publications (and their Purdue Extension publication numbers) include:

  • "Land-Application Records and Sampling," ID-300.
  • "Emergency Action Planning for Livestock Operations," ID-301.
  • "Mortality Management," ID-302.
  • "Inspecting Your Confined Feeding Operation," ID-303.
  • "Feeding Strategies to Lower N&P in Manure," ID-304.
  • "Building Good Neighbor Relationships," ID-305.
  • "Veterinarian-Waste Disposal Options," ID-306. 
  • "Manure Nutrient Recycling," ID-307.
  • "Environmentally Sensitive Field Characteristics," ID-308.
  • "Manure-Applicator Calibration," ID-309.
  • "Odor-Control Options for Confined Feeding," ID-310.
  • "Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning," ID-311.

Sixteen Extension specialists from Purdue and Michigan State wrote or provided content for the publications. USDA provided a grant to produce publications to address livestock-manure issues.

"There are differences in terminologies and regulations, for example, from state to state, but we've tried to make these publications meaningful," says Jones.

The Purdue-Michigan State publications are available at county offices of Purdue Extension and online at http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/ageng.htm

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